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The Council provides information and sponsors events and programs which provide insight into Qatar and its international and business environment. As the only American organization focused exclusively on improving commercial relations with Qatar, the Council plays a leading role in the expansion of the bilateral relationship.

The Council is a membership-based organization, and its focus lies on providing value-added services to corporate members in the US, Qatar, and around the world.

- Ambassador Patrick N. Theros, President

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To hear more from Ambassador Theros on Qatar's relationship with the United States, Qatar's future plans for development and how American business can find opportunities in the growing market, check out The Prospect Group's Executive Focus Interview.  

                  


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US-Qatar Business Council hosted a luncheon roundtable discussion with U.S. Ambassador-designate to Qatar, Dana Shell Smith on Tuesday, July 22 with thirty senior leaders from major US companies.
 
The member companies briefed Ambassador-designate Smith on their views of the commercial climate and potential US government initiatives to advance the bilateral relationship. Following a meet-and-greet, Ambassador Patrick Theros opened the luncheon discussion at the Army and Navy Club in downtown Washington by welcoming Ambassador-designate Smith and reviewing important issues and challenges facing American businesses in Qatar as well as its many opportunities. Discussions centered on the 2022 World Cup, Qatarization, the growing demand for slots at the American school, youth engagement, and the shift in Qatar’s investment strategy towards the US.
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Qatar Minister of Defense Signs Largest-Ever Defense Procurement Contract with USQBC Member Firms

 

Photo Sourced from Al-Jazeera

On Monday, July 14th, 2014 Qatar’s Minister of Defense, Major General Hamid bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with the US Secretary of Defense, Mr. Chuck Hagel, and then signed four FMS Letters of Offer and Acceptance totaling more than eleven billion dollars.  The contracts cover the procurement of a Patriot Air Defense Missile system, a squadron of Apache attack helicopters and the Javelin anti-tank missile system. USQBC member companies Raytheon, Boeing and Lockheed lead the ventures that produce the systems.  News reports speculate on a follow-on fighter aircraft procurement for which the American F-15 and F-18’s are strong contenders.  This marks the first major Qatari buy of American made military equipment, a turn from the European manufacturers who previously dominated the Qatari market, and the single largest military procurement in Qatari history.
 
On the previous Saturday, Qatari Ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Jaham al-Kuwari, hosted an Iftar reception at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington D.C. for Minister al-Attiyah.  Almost one hundred distinguished guests attended, including senior representatives of major US corporations, dozens of which are USQBC members, as well as a large delegation accompanying the Minister, two members of Congress, high ranking US military officials, and major media journalists and other representatives from news agencies such Al-Jazeera America.

 

 

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